What's New at First Colebrook Bank
Fourth Quarter 2014 Outstanding Lenders Award
We are pleased to announce the award for "Lender of the 4th Quarter" goes to Ben Wheeler. Ben's loan originations were made to a mix of new customers and loans to existing relationships.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Outstanding Customer Service Award
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Carol McGinty and Laurie Kaczmarek will be sharing the Fourth Quarter Outstanding Customer Service Award!
With many changes at the Portsmouth branch last quarter, Carol and Laurie both pitched in wherever it was needed and did so with a great attitude.
They did an amazing job catering a business development event at Strawbery Banke on a Saturday night for a gathering of approximately 85 commercial customers, local officials, Board Members, Advisory Board, and others. The delicious food was all homemade by Laurie and Carol, including the marvelous desserts.
Carol and Laurel exemplify the true meaning of a team. They truly care about First Colebrook Bank and are an absolute pleasure to work with.
Lise Howson Inducted into Lancaster Rotary
We are pleased to announce Lise Howson’s induction into the Lancaster Rotary on January 12th! Lise will be a member of the Rotary social committee, and volunteered at the Lancaster Grand Prix on Sunday, February 1st. Congratulations, Lise!
The Giving Tree
Each year, First Colebrook Bank sponsors a family in need for the holidays. The bank held many special events including raffles and silent auctions to fundraise for this project. The money raised is used to purchase “tags” off the holiday tree. This year, we are pleased to announce the bank raised $560 to donate to this great cause. Thank you to all those who donated and helped coordinate this great display of giving back.
First Colebrook Bank Awards Bob Davis with the Bill Bromage Community Service Award
Portsmouth, NH – Board Chairman Judy Dalton and COO John Pratt presented the Bill Bromage Community Service Award to Bob Davis for his involvement in many community service endeavors including the Portsmouth Rotary Club, Chair of the Rotary Chicken Thunder Road Race which has raised over $60,000 during Bob's six years, Seacoast United Way, board member of the Women's Business Center, Meals on Wheels and others.
Bob has worked at First Colebrook Bank since 2007 and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Loan Officer.
First Colebrook Bank announces it has earned a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc!
First Colebrook Bank announces it has earned a 5-Star superior rating for the 18th consecutive quarter from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. The latest 5-Star rating is based on financial data as of June 30, 2014.
A superior rating is BauerFinancial’s highest distinction and signifies that First Colebrook Bank is one of the strongest, most secure and reliable financial institutions in the nation. The ranking is based on capital adequacy, asset quality, profitability and other factors.
Congratulations Carol McGinty
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce that Carol McGinty has been promoted to the position of Branch Manager.
Mrs. McGinty has worked for First Colebrook Bank for over five years. Prior to joining the First Colebrook Bank team, she worked in high-end retail management for over 20 years. A Portsmouth native and graduate of Portsmouth High School, Mrs. McGinty earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. She is an active community member and has volunteered in a local PTA as the Fundraising Coordinator.
Welcome Lise T. Howson
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce that Lise T. Howson was hired as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer for the bank’s Colebrook, New Hampshire branch.
Lise joins the bank with 25 years of New Hampshire banking industry experience, where she has held a variety of positions, including commercial lender. Now living in Northumberland, Lise is active in Coos County, and is familiar with the needs of northern New Hampshire businesses.
She was involved with the Nashua Police Athletic League and the Nashua Boys & Girls Club, and studied Business Administration at University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
Congratulations John Pratt
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of John Pratt to Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. John joined FCB in 2007 and has over 40 years of banking experience. He formerly served as President/CEO of Olde Port Bank in Portsmouth and Siwooganock Bank in Lancaster. He was also employed for many years at First National Bank of Portsmouth. Congratulations John!
Congratulations Avis Brosseau
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Avis Brosseau to Senior Vice President/Finance. Avis has been employed by FCB for the last 22 years. She has served in a number of capacities; most recently as SVP/Chief Credit Administration Officer.
Congratulations Bob Davis
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert A. Davis to Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Loan Officer.
Davis has been in the banking industry since 1989, serving as Commercial Loan Officer for Granite Bank, Siwooganock Bank and Ocean National Bank before joining First Colebrook in 2007, as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.
Davis received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Keene State College. He was raised in Peterborough and currently resides in Portsmouth.
Welcome Cassandra Lucas
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce that Cassandra Lucas, a Merrimack, New Hampshire resident joined the bank’s Amherst branch as Customer Service Supervisor on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Ms. Lucas received her Bachelor of Science degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and joins First Colebrook Bank with over three years of bank industry experience. Most recently, Lucas served as a personal banker where she worked closely with customers and matched the best banking products to their specific needs.
As Customer Service Supervisor, Lucas’ new responsibilities include management of the teller line and customer service representatives. Lucas shares First Colebrook Bank’s vision for ensuring the highest level of customer service is delivered to the bank’s valued customers.
Congratulations Jane McCoy
Please join us in congratulating Jane McCoy of our Colebrook office, who has been promoted to the position of Customer Service Supervisor! Jane has worked at First Colebrook Bank since 2011.
Welcome Heather Leach
Please help us welcome Heather Leach to First Colebrook Bank! Heather has joined us as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at our Amherst branch.
Heather brings more than 20 years experience and was named 2012 Business Leader of the Year by the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce. She was also named Lender of the Year in the SBA 504 Program in 2011 and is a very active community leader throughout the region. We are happy to have her aboard!
First Colebrook Bank Supports Got Lunch! Program
On Friday, May 16th, First Colebrook Bank hosted Jeans Day to benefit the Colebrook area ‘Got Lunch!’ program. First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce that $180 was raised for the program.
The Colebrook area Got Lunch! program is in its third year of providing healthy and free summer lunches to all Colebrook, Stewartstown and Pittsburg school children. The program is managed by a group of concerned citizens from the Monadnock Congregational Church who took action when they heard that many children were not getting the nutrition they need during the summer.
Families who register will be able to pick up lunches or have delivery to their homes. A grocery bag of healthy foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, a loaf of whole wheat bread and sandwich fillings are included. SAU #7 is partnering with the volunteers in an effort to assist them to reach local families.
All employees at all branches participate in First Colebrook Bank’s Jeans Day. Each of the four branches has the opportunity to select one charity per year. Employees donate $5 to wear jeans for the day and contributions collected are donated to charity.
Left to right: Gloria Brisson, Jane McCoy, Reverend Rebecca Larsen, Wayne Frizzell.
Welcome Jenna Halvatzes
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce that Jenna A. Halvatzes has joined the bank's Amherst, New Hampshire branch as Assistant Branch Manager.
Ms. Halvatzes studied business administration at the University of Southern Maine and joins First Colebrook Bank with eight years of bank industry experience. Most recently, Jenna was a loan documentation specialist. Initially, she joined the banking profession as a Customer Sales Representative for TD bank, and later served as Senior Customer Service Representative and personal banker for Centrix Bank.
As Assistant Branch Manager, Jenna's new repsonsibilities include, representing Colebrook Bank in the community, overseeing day-to-day branch operations, customer service and teller lines, and delivering exceptional service to deposit customers.
With a solid focus on customer service, Ms. Halvatzes shares First Colebrook Bank's vision and believes in ensuring the highest level of customer service is delivered to the bank's valued customers.
Concord Branch Promotions
Please join us in congratulating Karen Schunemann and Laura Scarcello of our Concord office who have recently received promotions!
Karen, who has worked at First Colebrook Bank since April of 2013, has been promoted to the position of Branch Manager. Laura, who has worked at First Colebrook Bank since July of 2013, has been promoted to the position of Customer Service Supervisor.
2013 Annual Report
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 First Colebrook Bankcorp, Inc. Annual Report is now available. Please visit your local First Colebrook Bank branch to request a copy.
First Colebrook Bank offers a full range of commercial loans to help local businesses. We specialize in helping businesses with personalized, one-on-one relationships that owners find crucial for development and growth. For more information, please contact your local commercial lender today.
Wayne Frizzell Elected President of North Country Chamber
Wayne Frizzell, AVP/Branch Manager/Business Development Officer of our Colebrook branch, was elected President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. The North Country Chamber of Commerce covers the areas of Colebrook, Pittsburg, Stewartstown, Stratford, Columbia, Clarksville, Dixville, Millsfield and four towns in VT (Bloomfield, Lemington, Canaan, Norton). His term as president runs through March, 2015. Congratulations, Wayne!
Veteran-Owned Business Loans
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce our small business loan program for veterans. Funds are available for qualified veterans seeking financing with an easy application process.
“We look to serve qualified veterans who are seeking small business financing,” states John Pratt, Executive Vice President at First Colebrook Bank. “Our experienced commercial lending team can assist borrowers with the application process.”
The SBA has announced new measures to help get loans into the hands of veterans. For all veteran loans up to $350,000 that are authorized under the SBA Express program, there will be no upfront fee. This initiative will start on January 1, 2014 and continue through the end of the fiscal year.
Interested veterans should contact their nearest First Colebrook Bank representative in Amherst, Colebrook, Concord or Portsmouth, or by calling: 888-225-1782
First Colebrook Bank Welcomes Joanne Connelly as VP/Commercial Loan Officer
First Colebrook Bank is pleased to announce that Joanne M. Connelly has joined the bank as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer.
Mrs. Connelly joins the First Colebrook Bank team with over 25 years of professional experience that has guided the success of small businesses throughout the Concord area. She has degrees in Finance and Accounting from New Hampshire College and has attended the New England School of Banking. Joanne has worked as a Relationship Loan Officer, Credit Analyst and Loan Administrator.
Mrs. Connelly is also an active community member. She is a Leadership Greater Concord graduate and a volunteer for The United Way and Friendly Kitchen, as well as a Chatter Cup volunteer for the benefit of Easter Seals Autism Network.
“We are proud to have someone with Joanne’s talents and high ethical standards on board to work with our customers,” stated John Pratt, Executive Vice President at First Colebrook Bank. “Through her background, she has proven to be a loyal partner, and will be sure to continue with the First Colebrook Bank high standards of putting our customers first.”
Customer Spotlight: Dinnerhorn Restaurant and Bratskellar Pub
We were happy to visit Paul Kamakas at the Dinnerhorn Restaurant and Bratskellar Pub in Portsmouth, NH for a First Colebrook Bank customer spotlight. The Dinnerhorn has grown to become the local choice for lunch or dinner serving the absolute freshest seafood to customers. The Bratskellar Pub is the perfect choice for a more casual lunch, dinner or late night snack, serving creative pizzas consistently voted as best in the Seacoast. We are proud to showcase this great spot in our customer spotlight.
Customer Spotlight: Herold Family Dentistry
First Colebrook Bank was happy to visit our customer Herold Family Dentistry in Portsmouth, NH. Herold Family Dentistry offers comprehensive and preventative care for the whole family, tooth replacements, whitening and cosmetics to their patients. We interviewed Dr. Andrea Herold, DMD, and she shared her positive experiences while working with First Colebrook Bank. We’re glad to be their first choice when it comes to banking.
Customer Spotlight: Sanders Lobster Company
First Colebrook Bank was happy to visit our customer Sanders Lobster Company in Portsmouth. Ben Wheeler and our video crew met with Jim Sanders, owner of the seafood market. Since 1952, three generations of the Sanders family have provided Seacoast natives and visitors with ocean-fresh seafood favorites from Sanders Lobster Pound. He told us that doing business with First Colebrook Bank makes him feel comfortable and he enjoys having a one-on-one relationship with his bank. We are proud to be Jim’s first choice when it comes to banking.
Customer Spotlight: Gymnastics Village
We are pleased to highlight Gymnastics Village in Amherst, NH as our latest customer spotlight. While on location, we met with Judy Shenk, Director of the facility since 1975. Gymnastics Village provides gymnastics instruction to girls and boys, ages 18 months through 18 years. Their staff is dedicated to making the sport fun and safe for all their students. She told us the many positive reasons why she chooses to do banking with First Colebrook Bank. We are proud to be Judy’s first choice when it comes to banking.
Customer Spotlight: Tall Timber Lodge
For our latest customer spotlight, we went on location to Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg, NH. A customer of First Colebrook Bank for over 30 years, Tall Timber Lodge was founded in 1946 and it continues to be one of the most popular getaways in the region. The Rainbow Grille & Tavern offers exceptional food in a relaxed North Woods atmosphere. We interviewed Tom Caron and Cindy Howe, and they shared their positive experiences while working with First Colebrook Bank. We’re glad to be their first choice when it comes to banking.
Customer Spotlight: Carlisle Place
We were happy to visit Carlisle Place Physical Therapy and Spa in Jefferson, NH for a First Colebrook Bank customer spotlight. Carlisle Place provides physical therapy and wellness services. They also have a beautiful spa and salon that specializes in making their customers feel great and look their best!
While on location, we interviewed Stacey Hicks and she shared the reasons why she chooses to do business with First Colebrook Bank. We are very proud of her testimonial and to be Carlisle Place’s first choice when it comes to banking.